MiniRoos Games Formats – U8 & U9

Playing Format

Under 8 & 9

Numbers

7 v 7

Penalty Area

5m long by 12m wide

Ball Size

Size 3

Goalkeeper

Yes

Playing Time

2 x 20 minutes

Half Time Break

5 minutes

Competition

No

BALL SIZE - Size 3
NUMBER OF PLAYERS
- 7 x 7 – including goalkeeper
GOALKEEPER - The goalkeeper is allowed to handle the ball anywhere in the penalty area. To restart play after a save or gathering the ball with their hands, the goalkeeper is not allowed to kick or drop kick the ball directly from their hands. The ball must be thrown or rolled from the hands or played from the ground with their feet, within six (6) seconds. Opponents must be at least 5m outside the penalty area and cannot move inside the penalty area until the ball is in play. The ball is in play once it moves out of the penalty area.  An indirect free kick is awarded if the goalkeeper touches the ball with their hands after it has been deliberately kicked to them by a team-mate.

DURATION OF THE GAME - 2 x 20 minutes (half time break 5 minutes)

START OF PLAY AND RESTART AFTER A GOAL
A. Procedure to Start a Game
(i) The ‘home’ team will take the kick off and you will decide the direction of play.
(ii) The kick off and direction of play will be reversed at half time.
B. Procedure to be Followed for Kickoffs
(a) For all starts and restarts of play at the commencement of a game, after half time and after a goal is scored, all players must be in their own half of the field. Kickoffs will be taken from the centre of the field.
(b) The team taking the kick off shall kick the ball forward or backwards.
(c) All members of the opposing team must be at least 5 metres from the ball until the ball is kicked to start or restart the game.
(d) For a goal to be scored directly from a kick off the ball must touch another player before entering the goal or a goal kick will be awarded.

BALL CROSSING THE TOUCH LINE
Throw In – Player faces the field of play, has part of each foot on the ground either on or behind the touch line, uses both hands and delivers the ball from behind and over the head. The thrower must not touch the ball again until it has touched another player. Opponents must be at least 5m away from the ball until it is in play. The ball is in play once it enters the field of play. A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw in. A player taking a throw in may not kick the ball until it has been played by an opponent or team mate.

BALL CROSSING THE GOAL LINE AFTER TOUCHING THE DEFENDING TEAM LAST
Corner Kick – A player from the attacking team places the ball inside the corner arc nearest to the point where the ball crossed the line. Opponents must be a least 5m away from the ball until it is in play. The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves. A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick.  A player taking a corner kick is not permitted to kick the ball a second time until the ball touches a team mate or an opponent.

BALL CROSSING THE GOAL LINE AFTER TOUCHING THE ATTACKING TEAM LAST
Goal kicks to be taken from anywhere within the penalty area. Opponents must retreat to the half way line and can move once the ball is in play. The ball is in play once it is kicked directly out of the penalty area. The ball must contact a team mate or an opponent before the kicker may kick the ball a second time.

OFFSIDE - No offside

FOULS AND MISCONDUCT
A. Fouls and Misconduct Are:
• Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
• Trips or attempts to trip an opponent
• Jumps at an opponent
• Charges an opponent
• Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
• Pushes an opponent
• Tackles an opponent from behind to gain possession of the ball
• Making contact with the opponent before touching the ball
• Holds an opponent
• Spits at an opponent
• Handles the ball deliberately
• Plays in a dangerous manner
• Impedes the progress of a player
B. Indirect Free Kicks and Penalties
(i) Indirect Free Kicks are awarded for all acts of deliberate handball or fouls or misconduct.
• The kick shall be taken from the spot where the breach occurred and defending players must remain at least 5 metres from the ball until the kick is taken
• If the breach occurs close to either goal line, the kick shall be taken 8 metres from that goal line on a line parallel to the sideline with all opposing players at least 5 metres away
• From an Indirect Free Kick a goal can only be scored if the ball is played by or touches another player, team mate or opposition, before it enters the goal
(ii) Penalty Kicks may be awarded in Under 8 to Under 11 only for deliberate or serious acts of handball, fouls or misconduct in the penalty area.
The penalty kick is taken from a spot 8 metres from the centre of the goal with only a goalkeeper in position. All other players must be outside the penalty area and be at least 5 metres behind the penalty mark until the kick is taken.
C. Free Kicks for Age Divisions
Indirect Free Kicks are awarded for all instances of deliberate handball and fouls or misconduct unless the offence occurs within the penalty area. If there is a clear advantage to the non-offending team, play may be allowed to continue with the offending player warned of the breach “on the run”. For offences by or against a goalkeeper, an Indirect Free Kick shall be awarded against the offending player or team. Penalty Kicks may be awarded for offences committed inside the penalty.

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